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US MA: Small Town's Angel Program Emphasizes Drug Rehab, Not

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
Buffalo News, 25 Jan 2016 - Police Chief From Gloucester, Mass., Champions Effort of Detox, Recovery CANTON, Ohio - Leonard Campanello, police chief of Gloucester, Mass., took the microphone here in midDecember and opened with his usual warm-up line: I'm from Gloucester, he said in his heavy Boston accent. "That's spelled 'G-l-o-s-t-a-h.' "

US MA: Mass. Police Chief Steers Addicts to Rehab, Not Jail

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
The New Mexican, 25 Jan 2016 - Critics Say He Lacked Authority to Take Law into His Own Hands, but Others Are Following His Lead Leonard Campanello, the police chief of Gloucester, Mass., took the microphone here in mid-December and opened with his usual warm-up line: I'm from Gloucester, he said in his heavy Boston accent. "That's spelled 'G-l-o-s-t-a-h.' "

US CA: OPED: Don't Blow 'El Chapo' Case With Politics

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
The Press Democrat, 25 Jan 2016 - A massive drug empire spanning North and South America that delivered untold tons of heroin and cocaine from Colombia to the U.S. over two decades via sophisticated cross-border tunnels, private 747s and submarines. Intimidation, bribery and murder in two countries. And, finally, the recapture of the world's most infamous drug lord, in part due to a visit by a pair of celebrities - and a big order of tacos delivered to his hide-out. With allegations like these, what federal prosecutor in the U.S. wouldn't want to be the first to try Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman when Mexican authorities extradite him to this country? The seven jurisdictions that have filed indictments against him and other alleged leaders and associates of the Sinaloa cartel had begun competing to get the first shot at him even before Guzman's second prison break in July.

CN ON: Pot Shop Owner Vows To Reopen

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 23 Jan 2016 - Put Police Resources to Better Uses, Vancouver-Based Entrepreneur Says, After Danforth Location Is Busted The owner of Canada's biggest chain of illegal pot shops says that, as long as Toronto police keep raiding his recreational vapour lounge, he will keep reopening the controversial franchise, adding that the public appetite for such enforcement is waning in the face of coming legalization.

US: Pot States Take Fresh Look at Out-Of-State Investment

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 22 Jan 2016 - DENVER (AP) - States that have legalized pot are taking a fresh look at making it easier for out-of-state investors to get in the weed business, saying the industry's ongoing difficulty in banking means they need new options to finance expansion. The four states that allow recreational pot sales - Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington - have another big reason to take a new look at pot investment: California. It's the nation's most populous state and largest marijuana producer, though it allows the drug only for people with certain medical ailments.

US MD: Marijuana Paraphernalia Won't Be A Crime In MD.

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 22 Jan 2016 - Assembly Overrides Five of Hogan's Vetoes From 2015 Having a marijuana pipe or rolling papers won't be a crime in Maryland any longer. The General Assembly, led by Democrats, overturned five of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes on Thursday. One result is that a bill making possession of drug paraphernalia a civil offense and setting a fine for smoking marijuana in public will become law.

US NM: OPED: It's Counterintuitive, but War on Drugs Leads to

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 22 Jan 2016 - Look Back to Alcohol Prohibition for Understanding of Why Taboos about drugs are lying shattered across the U.S., like broken debris after a party. But even as some states have begun to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, there is an argument that is making some Americans hesitate.

Canada: Avoiding a Marijuana 'Wild West'

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 22 Jan 2016 - Country's Biggest Medical Growers Say Only Licensed Firms Should Provide Pot to Recreational Users at First The biggest growers of medical marijuana in Canada want to be first in line when the market for recreational pot opens up, arguing that only they can guarantee a high-quality product that is securely distributed by mail.

CN ON: U of G Works to Boost Pot's Medicinal Power

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
Guelph Mercury, 22 Jan 2016 - Goal Is to Determine Perfect 'Recipe' For Cannabis Growing GUELPH - Marijuana has been grown in a clandestine manner by a great many growers for a long time. Despite that, an optimal way of cultivating the plant to boost its medicinal properties has not be found, says a University of Guelph plant scientist who is leading the charge to perfect pot growing.

US OR: Medford Pot-Grow Ban Set for General Election

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
The Mail Tribune, 22 Jan 2016 - The Medford City Council voted Thursday to send a potential ban on outdoor and indoor marijuana grows to voters in November. In addition, voters will be asked whether they want to allow sales of recreational marijuana in the city limits and whether they want a 3 percent tax on those sales.

US CA: Net-5 Task Force Temporarily Shut Down

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 22 Jan 2016 - The NET-5 drug and gang task force was temporarily disbanded during a continuing investigation into its operations prompted by the arrest of one of its members. Inspectors from the California Department of Justice required unlimited access to the narcotics and gang task force office as part of their top-to-bottom investigation into the agency's operations, practices and procedures, Commander Martin Horan said.

UK: Tory MP Tells Commons He Uses Poppers

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
The Guardian, 21 Jan 2016 - The Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has admitted using the party drug "poppers", while speaking out in parliament against proposed legislation to ban legal highs. The chair of parliament's foreign affairs select committee was speaking during a debate on the government's psychoactive substances bill, which seeks to outlaw certain legal recreational drugs. The legislation would ban alkyl (or amyl) nitrate or "poppers" which can be bought in shops.

UK: Britain 'Funding Drug Raids in Countries With Death

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
The Observer, 17 Jan 2016 - The UK taxpayer has given millions of pounds to help Pakistan's counternarcotics force target and arrest drug traffickers, at least five of whom have been sentenced to death. The revelation has raised questions about the UK's commitment to opposing the death penalty in other countries. Last year Sir Simon McDonald, permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office, said that human rights no longer had the profile within his department that they had in the past.

UK: MP Admits Poppers Use and Attacks 'Stupid' Ban

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
Daily Telegraph, 21 Jan 2016 - A CONSERVATIVE MP has revealed he uses amyl nitrate known by the slang name "poppers" during a speech in the House of Commons and criticised the Government's "manifestly stupid" plan to ban sale of the drug. Crispin Blunt, who is gay, warned the proposals would force homosexual men to deal with criminals if selling the drug was outlawed.

Australia: Drug Supply Soars As Imports Get Cheaper

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 22 Jan 2016 - Sydney Awash With Cocaine, Ice, Ecstasy Organised crime groups have become so successful at importing drugs into Australia that the wholesale price being paid for ice, cocaine and ecstasy has dramatically fallen in the past 18 months.

CN BC: Fourteen Vancouver Pot Shops One Step Closer To

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 21 Jan 2016 - Fourteen applicants are one step closer to running a licensed marijuana dispensary in Vancouver as the city attempts to impose some control on the illegal retail sale of cannabis. The applicants include a current owner who acknowledges a past association with the Hells Angels, and the identity of those behind seven others remains unknown. Letters published on the city's development services website had names missing or redacted.

CN BC: First Marijuana Shop Licence Expected In The Spring

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
Vancouver Courier, 21 Jan 2016 - The City of Vancouver is still a few months away from making Canadian history by being the first municipality in this country to issue a business licence to an illegal marijuana dispensary, according to the city's chief licence inspector. That's because city staff continues to sort through applications, collect feedback from neighbours of pot shops and wait for results of appeals by applicants initially rejected under the new regulations. Many dispensary operators are also looking for or found new locations for their businesses, said Andreaa Toma, who is overseeing the regulations brought in by city council in June 2015.

CN PI: Need For Speed

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 21 Jan 2016 - Illegal Drug Overtakes Prescription Narcotics As Drug of Choice in Prince County Dr. Don Ling calls it worrisome, a drug that quickly takes users into its grip. Speed. Crank. Ice. Methamphetamine.

US AZ: Column: Legal Divide

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
Tucson Weekly, 21 Jan 2016 - Mexican Border City Grapples With Possibility of Legalizing Marijuana Mexico's Supreme Court ruled this fall that individuals have the right to grow marijuana for personal use, but on the border many are divided over the issue.

US OR: Column: Here's What 2016 Brings

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Portland Mercury, 21 Jan 2016 - IT'S 2016, and things are about to start getting REALLY good for cannabis enthusiasts. Sure, as of last October, those 21 and older could walk into an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program dispensary and purchase up to a quarter ounce of flower, seeds, or clones. And last year we held events where we could stand outside (or under a tent) and enjoy some twisted-up goodness. And right on to that. Dispensaries that sell the full range of recreational adult-use cannabis products (concentrates, topicals, edibles, etc.) will be opening any day now, and parties are about to start going off where you can smoke indoors to your heart's content. What a great time to be alive!

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